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that. when you get something wrong it is both good practice and i find satisfying to own up to it. say you got it wrong, learn something about it, and move on. but that should apply to everybody. that should apply to everybody even if you have the word "fact" in your name or in what you say you are doing. calling somebody a liar when they are not lying is not the same as fact checking. that is just bull pucky, too. thanks very much for being with us tonight. a crumb ge empire. libya's moammar gadhafi loses grip on his country while americans wait to get out. final voyage. the space shuttle "discovery" takes off on his last journey into space. and practice run. middleton engage the public for the first time since their royal engagement. good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry. those stories and more straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc.
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we begin this morning with a matter of time. libya's rebel forces show no signs of giving up, despite an increasingly brutal crackdown from an increasingly incoherent moammar gadhafi. meanwhile, freedom can't come soon enough for more than 100 americans stuck on a ferry waiting to make way for malta, hoping calmer seas will allow them to escape the embattled country today. nbc's foreign correspondent richard engel has our report. >> reporter: in the town of zawia today, 40 miles west of tripoli, at least ten people were reportedly killed in fighting. but some of the worst violence has been here in benghazi, where hospitals are filled with wounded. >> i can't manage how many we
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have. 300, more than 300. and injured more than 3,000. >> reporter: doctors say the victims were shot with bullets and anti-aircraft rounds. many were executed at close range. but colonel moammar gadhafi downplayed the violence and offered a radically different explanation in a bizarre and revealing radio address. we were in a car as he spoke. his words were slurred. he mumbled with long pauses. i've listened to speeches in arabic of middle east leaders for 15 years. this did not sound like the same person. in the address, gadhafi claimed al qaeda is behind the revolt. osama bin laden is slipping libyans hallucinogenic pills in coffee. and that they're slipping in mosques with help from the united çstates. an official described gadhafi as, quote, nuts.
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rebel leaders now believe they have enough forces and momentum to push out gadhafi in a matter of days. meanwhile signs of progress in neighboring algeria, where a state of emergency that had been in place for 19 years has been lifted. the algerian government ordered it to be lifted as a result of weeks of uprisings by opposition groups. in a statement issued by the white house, president obama called the move, quote, a positive sign while urning the country's leaders to do more for the freedom of its people. a college student from saudi arabia studying in texas has been arrested by the fbi for plotting a string of terrorist attacks here in the u.s. the 20-year-old allegedly obtained chemicals for a bomb and researched potential targets, including dams and nuclear plants. even the home of former president george w. bush. nbc's click clackham has the latest. >> reporter: when he entered college in lubbock, texas, on a student visa three years ago,
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20-year-old khalid m. al dasari drew little attention. but earlier this month when he put in a large order at this chemical company in burlington, north carolina, for materials that could make bombs, some officials at the company became suspicious. >> i hope we were helpful. i hope we thwarted what could have been a real tragedy. >> reporter: instead of filling the order, the company offend the fbi, as did conway freight, which he was reportedly wanting to use to ship the materials. agents got search warrants for his apartment in lubbock, and in e-mails in his computer, found one with the subject line "targets," containing the names and home addresses of three former u.s. soldiers once stationed at abu ghraib prison in iraq. another titled "nice targets" identified a dozen dams in california and colorado. and another where he listed the dallas address for former president george w. bush.
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sources tell nbc's pete williams that all çdasari's plans date back to before he entered the country. >> had come to the united states in 2008 with already the intention formed in his mind to carry out some kind of terror attack in the u.s. >> reporter: al dasari faces a life sentence if attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. a stunning new report in "rolling stone" magazine accuses lieutenant general william caldwell of using specially trained u.s. forces to employ psychological tactics, to use on visiting u.s. senators into providing more funding on the war in afghanistan. last night on msnbc's "hardball" with chris matthews, he asked senator richard bates if he thinks caldwell willfully broke the law. >> he met numerous times with the operations unit, and one of
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the more striking things about the story is the unit itself was protesting the order. they said, look, we're not allowed to do this. federal law prevents us from doing this. every federal law has a writing attached to this forbidding us to do it. and then they were investigated and reprimanded. >> and given trumped up charges to boot. >> that's right. there are very, very clear federal laws and military policies regarding this. the men themselves who were being ordered to do this were protesting and saying, look, this is not right. this is illegal. and still they continued to do it. i think it bespeaks how desperate they are to try to convince the civilian leadership that what's going on in afghanistan is a success when, in fact, i think most of the metrics show the opposite. >> each night chris plays hardball with some of the nation's most prominent leaders. be sure to watch "hardball" with chris matthews week nights at 5:00 and 7:00 eastern only on msnbc, the place for politics. earlier this morning in wisconsin, despite weeks of protests, a controversial push to strip union workers of their
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collective bargaining rights cleared its first hurdle. after three grueling days of debate, wisconsin's state assembly passed the bill, backed by the state's newly elected republican governor. the measure now moves to the state senate, where republicans hold the majority, but senate democrats have fled the state to prevent a vote. now here's your first look at someç of the other news goi on around america today. in texas investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire that swept through a daycare center, killing three children. the kids ranging in ages from 18 months to 3 years old died after being taken to the hospital. one woman was also transported to the hospital after running from the house in flames. firefighters pulled a total of seven children to safety before putting out the blaze. in pennsylvania a house of horrors landed two parents in jail for child engagement. police responded to a 911 call and discovered three children inside a home filled with filth, including human feces, broken glass, and rotting food.
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it is unknown how long the 7-year-old boy and the 5-year-old twins lived in the deplorable conditions. they are now in the custody of youth and child services. and finally, in louisiana there's a new cop on the beat, but it is not your typical rookie. the remote operated vehicle is the newest weapon in the arsenal of the rapides parish sheriff's office. it cups with a few toys, including infrared cameras and a new shotgun mount. it's designed to make it safer for other officers in dangerous situations. now for a look at your national weather, we turn to meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel forecast. good morning, bill. lots going on today. >> just a ton of stuff, severe weather, snow, flooding rains. it's a difficult friday if you're traveling today, especially by air. let's start with what happened yesterday. the afternoon, even during the overnight hours, severe weather. if you lived in arkansas, tennessee, areas of mississippi or alabama, these numbers just keep going up. we've had over 193 reports of
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damage. that's either from tornadoes or hail or especially wind. all the blue dots here are damaging wind reports. it hit hard. even atlanta got gusty winds in the early morning hours. the red triangles are tornadoes. there are about nine reports of tornadoes. thankfully, none of those appear to be too devastating. we had churches that were damaged, roofs taken off, also the second floor of some homes were devastated too. those pictures will be coming in the morning hours today. only heard of a couple injuries outç there. no fatalities, at least so far. that storm system, the northern side of it, is all snow. that's an impressive band of moderate to heavy snow just exiting chicago heading towards minneapolis. the snow is picking up along the pennsylvania state border, and now the snow is moving through update new york from syracuse to albany. and in the catskills and western areas of massachusetts, and a
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lot of people who weren't expecting a lot of snow, the forecast has changed to be colder. we're especially talking areas in central new england. let's talk about the snow. if you're traveling on interstate 80 through northern ohio today, very difficult. looks like a band of moderate snow now developing and heading right for downtown cleveland. you'll probably pick up a quick inch in the next hour. as far as the snowfall warnings go, they extend now from buffalo to albany all through northern new england. our computers are pegging 6 to 12 inches in this pink band that goes from cleveland to buffalo, all the way from areas like poughkeepsie northwards. but heavy snows, one to two feet possible as we go from albany, new york, all the way to vermont and new hampshire. albany, new york, was only expecting sleet, maybe snow and rain mix. now they're calling for 6 to 10 inches of snow. so surprise. >> love it. bill, thanks so much. coming up, oil dips. boeing scores. and the world's most expensive purse. your first look at this morning's business headlines is
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welcome back to "first look." i'm lynn berry. here are some of the top stories making the news this morning. the u.s. military is reportedly scaling back some of its forces in one of the most dangerous valleys in eastern afghanistan to focus on protecting civilians in more populated areas. the withdrawal from the perb valley is in line with the counterinsurgency doctrine which focuses on providing safety for civilians. but some argue it results as abandonment to key terrain. authorities have found the bodies of three amish children who were swept away in a creek swollen by heavy rains. they're still searching for another child. a mother and her six children
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were trying to cross the creek in their horse drawn buggy yesterday, when it overturned, knocking them into the water. shutting "discovery" is on its way to the international space station for what's expected to be the last time after lifting off from florida's kennedy space center yesterday. only two days remain for the aging shuttle fleet, first by "atlantis" and then "endeavour." and kate middleton is getting her first taste of royal life. it's tough. joining husband to be prince william in a dedication ceremony for a new life boat. her first act of royal duty, christening the vessel with champagne. here's your first look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opened at 12,068 after dropping 37 points yesterday. the s&p shed one point. the nasdaq added 14. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo the nikkei gained 74 points while in hong kong the hang seng zoomed 411.
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showing resilience wall street started climbing backç from its stunning fall thursday despite no resolution in libya. oil's three-day sky rocket ended yesterday after the international atomic energy agency reportsed estimates of the price cut had been inflated. as oil fell, stocks rose. down a whopping 2.7% for the week. many hope the worst will be over. on the nasdaq, priceline kept things on the plus side, jumping 8.5%. in a remarkable turnaround, general motors has gone from bankruptcy to its first profitable year since 2004. still gm stock slid 4.5% on oil concerns. and also due to oil, american, delta, and u.s. airways joined united, continental, and others as adding $20 per round trip ticket to most domestic flights. fewer people applied for unemployment last week. and the four week average fell
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to its lowest level in over 2 1/2 years. on the down side, sales of new homes fell significantly in january. toyota is recalling over 2 million vehicles in america to fix floor mat and carpet defects that could jam the accelerator. watch boeing today. it jumped after the bell on news it won a multibillion dollar contract to build air force refueling planes. and talk about a girl's ultimate best friend, a purse driping in diamonds. created in dubai and named by guinness the world's most expensive handbag. it boasts 4,500 diamonds and can be yours for $3.8 million. a girl can dream. an upset in college hoops, an injury before the season even starts in baseball, and another win for the carmelo-less nuggets. plus lebron and the miami millionaires take on the up and coming bulls. your first look at sports is straight ahead.
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welcome back to "first look." i'm lynn berry. in sports, with the big anticipated trade already done, there was nothing left but surprises at yesterday's nba trade deadline. here's nbc's fred roggin. there was no doubt that carmelo anthony were the key players at the tread deadline, but the celts pulled off a trade that could make the difference. they sent center perkins and guard nate robinson to oklahoma
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for jeff green and krzich. the thunder get bigger in the middle while the celts hope they fit the gap left by daniel. the new look nuggets went on a tear in the fourth quarter, ended the game on a 16-0 run. they might not have carmelo, but they've won both games without him. here we go to chicago. the bulls booed lebron all game. reverse dunk. that's as good as it gets. heat up by nine at the break. derrick rose led the charge with a team high 26. this one went down to the wire tied at 89. rose dished to a wide open luol deng, who buried the three, and the bulls turn down the heat 93-89. may only be february, but there's big news from baseball. st. louis cardinals wainwright will undergo tommy john surgery
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and will miss most of the season. college hoops, you can drive yourself crazy trying to figure out number 15 uconn. one night, they're great, the next night they lose to marquette. kendall walker turned it over. and the golden eagles made him pay. darius was just getting warmed out. scored 9 of 17 in ot. marquette upset uconn in connecticut 74-67. that's your first look at sports. have a great weekend. i'mç fred roggin. now for another quick look at the weather, here's nbc meteorologist bill karins with a check of the forecast. i don't know about a great weeke weekend. we'll have to make due. >> just a lot of active weather out there this morning making your morning commute to work more difficult. let's talk a little bit about the rain. it's been moving into new england now. heavy rain over the last two hours in new york city. looks like about another hour of heavy rain in new york. after about 6:30 it should lighten up. then we've got more rain coming into the south here. it's going to rain shortly in d.c. once again. in an hour it should kick into
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areas of philadelphia. remember the white is all snow. two sides to the storm. we've got precipitation and the wind. this will be a big wind maker later on today. right now the winds aren't too bad. heavy gusts from detroit to minneapolis. as this makes its way over the top to new york and philadelphia later this afternoon, the winds will really pick up, especially as the cold air moves in. that will be this afternoon for many people. the forecast today, very windy, chance of thunderstorms here as we go throughout the southeast. the cold air moves in behind the storm. look at highs in chicago, minneapolis, kansas city, and st. louis will be near freezing. by saturday, the storm is gone. there's another little weak storm. it's going to bring light snow through the great lakes. saturday night into sunday morning. that will move through southern new england with light snow. maybe one to three inches. as we go through the day on sunday, it warms up enough that anything that's left over would just be rain in areas like new york. the next storm will be forming in the middle of the country. by far, the worst of it is right
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now. >> that's good. bill, thanks so much. who will win at the box office, and who's already won on facebook? plus charlie sheen finally goes too far for the producers of his top rated tv show. your first look at entertainment is straight ahead.
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welcome back inform "first look." i'm lynn berry. it's time for first look entertainment news. when it comes to charlie sheen, cbs and warner brothers have had it. last night the companies jointly announced production on "two and a half men" is over for the season, blaming sheen's, "statements, conduct, and
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decisions." it reverses a statement that earlier announced the production would resume and came after another rambling radio interview in which sheen blasted the show's producer and alcoholics anonymous calling it a bootleg cult with a 5% success rate. elsewhere, the rated "r" comedy called "hall pass" storing josh wilson is the lukewarm winner at the box office. but watch out for a possible upset by "drive angry" starring nicolas cage. catherine zeta-jones is named commander of the british empire by prince charles. and finally, lady gaga is no longer the most liked artist on facebook. the holder of that new title with almost 28 million likes is eminem. i was surprised by that. with charlie sheen out of the running, they had to split the baby. >> i just added a thousand likes tç justin bieber's site. i'm trying to boost him up a little bit.
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>> you're the greatest pr for justin bieber. it's not going to happen. >> digging the new haircut. he was on ellen, looking good. >> did you replace your posters yet with the new look? >> i got the order in. >> you're going to have to take down your charlie sheen posters. this is disappointing. >> that's not my role model. justin bieber, yes. >> it's disappointing, this charlie sheen thing. it keeps going over and over and over again. he's the new lohan. i'm lynn berry. this is "first look" on msnbc. stay tuned. "way too early" with willie geist starts right now. the wisconsin assembly ñ(cciiiiñ&r would strip most public workers of their collective bargaining rights, but the fight is far from over as senate democrats are still holed up in illinois. the question is how much longer till governor walker sends troopers to the highway johnson they're all staying at? when in doubt, just pin the whole damn thing on osama bin laden. that appears to be moammar gadhafi's strategy as the embattled leader


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